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Hello Friends of the Soup.   I am constantly learning from all of you, and writing is something I love, but never made time for until now. I have always been a California girl, born and raised in the southern part of the state, now living in upper Northern California. Surrounded by mountains, and beautiful scenery, I have great inspiration.   I think I have always loved to create, it comes from my Dad, and his dad, I suppose. Although my mother was the rock of the family, my Dad was the dreamer, and a cowboy at heart. I grew up with horses that he raised, and memories of him singing around a campfire on trips we took. He wrote poetry, and his own songs, and played guitar.  His father did the same thing when my dad was a boy.  My grandfather was a trail guide, in the early l900's in Yosemite Nat'l Park, where my dad lived as a child.  My purpose in life has been family. I am married to my High School sweetheart,  we went to college together, I taught school for awhile, then raised two fine sons (both H.S. teachers) and a beautiful daughter.  Have 5 grandchildren who we adore, and fortunately they all live fairly close by.  I've had a small catering business, but now we are both retired, live in the country on a couple of acres, with rangeland behind us.  We are down to one dog, after a mix of this and that!  No horses, although horses, cattle, coyotes, and all kinds of wildlife live behind our place. Our kids are gifted musicians, and one son writes poetry that blows me away, some which has been published. I love poetry and piano, all music, movies, camping, our little cabin in the mountains, but especially my family.  And I love Poetry Soup..and all the wonderful company here! 


In Remembrance --IDES OF NOVEMBER


Blog Posted:11/22/2013 10:47:00 AM


   A November day, washed bright and clean

   light rains had ceased, and skies were blue
   But a plot, obscene, would dim the sun
   In a deadly script, which paled Macbeth
   A Lone Star light turned dark with death...........

I was about to stretch beyond my teens

all innocence upon the brink
As the callow child I was back then
I would immortalize between extremes
In my own small world, that I had known,
I would acknowledge the world in distant hues

And often held a passive view

But then, upon the landscape new

I was thrown to the wolves in black and white
I couldn't grasp those first words said
A horrendous drama, it can't be true!

Cascading, first with deep unrest

where cold war's threat, the South's unrest
with wars afar, I sat expecting
some deep resolve, as tales unfold
resulting good around the bend,
where naive' dreams had always been

This sudden turning of the tide

had come to change my voice inside...
knocking hard upon my door
deeply shocking,...to the core
rocking how I viewed the world

    With an anchored face, yet, strangely rue

    Apparent angst, his stolen breath
    He cleared his throat, and shared the news,
    With Cronkite calm, as if a stone,
    With cautious, stunning words to choose

      In his eyes, the sorrow shone
      I looked to him for confidence
      The magnitude, too great to own
      I needed guidance and a chance
      
to lean into his trusted arms
       this mortal moment too immense

I see it now, still clearly formed

The day was bright, with amber light
The sun was out, and lingered warm
Football games, a dance that night
Holidays had been conceived

But death
came crashing down with spite


Tragedy 
as thick as thieves,


A devil's
plot to interweave



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  1. Date: 11/23/2013 3:26:00 AM
    'A horrendous drama.it can't be true' ..Your words capture the shock of that moment so well Carrie.Like 9/11 it is a forever 'as is ' moment that is indelible in memory of all those in adulthood at the time.Rgds Brian

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  1. Date: 11/22/2013 11:06:00 PM
    Outstanding work, Carrie. What a great blog for today!! I was eight years old and had very little inkling of what it all meant but everyone was so sad that day.

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  1. Date: 11/22/2013 5:17:00 PM
    Carrie, I was a sophomore in high school and will never forget--your words recreate that day--those times.

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  1. Date: 11/22/2013 2:19:00 PM
    this reminds me of the feature i watched testerday, JFK: The Final Hours on natgeo channel... i was brought to tears as my dad used to discuss president kennedy with sorrow in his eyes.. and after 50 years, no one can still say with finality who crushed him in texas.. why?.. thanks, carrie.. i was about to make a blog on this one; solid piece you wrote !... thanks for sharing!..huggs

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My Past Blog Posts

 
Beautiful
Date Posted: 12/23/2014 11:04:00 AM
Veterans Day, and a Personal View
Date Posted: 11/11/2014 7:44:00 PM
Happy Birthday To Andrea !! And A Message From Nikko !! :)
Date Posted: 9/6/2014 9:54:00 AM
Rip It Out
Date Posted: 8/12/2014 10:04:00 AM
Fresh Start
Date Posted: 12/31/2013 4:52:00 PM
In Remembrance --IDES OF NOVEMBER
Date Posted: 11/22/2013 10:47:00 AM
"ODE TO JOY"
Date Posted: 11/17/2013 2:05:00 PM
POSTING NIKKO'S WORDS (Typhoon Aftermath)
Date Posted: 11/11/2013 7:38:00 PM
It's Not About Winning
Date Posted: 11/7/2013 12:08:00 PM
Man vs Nature -- The Rim Fire
Date Posted: 8/28/2013 12:30:00 PM
Summer and Smoke
Date Posted: 7/18/2013 12:22:00 PM
Dragon Slayers Need Better Sense (or Census Takers)
Date Posted: 5/7/2013 3:33:00 PM
Hall of Shame Award....another candidate !
Date Posted: 4/24/2013 4:28:00 PM
A Spring Arrival
Date Posted: 3/29/2013 1:52:00 PM
BEWARE OF THE GREEN !!
Date Posted: 3/14/2013 1:36:00 PM
Romance Is Alive and Well !!
Date Posted: 2/13/2013 4:28:00 PM
In My Absence
Date Posted: 11/16/2012 8:20:00 PM
Apologies For Neglecting My Souper Friends!
Date Posted: 10/7/2012 1:48:00 PM
Thank you all !!
Date Posted: 12/22/2011 2:01:00 PM
Do You Have A Minute?...It's Worth It! enjoy!!
Date Posted: 11/6/2011 1:41:00 PM
Remembering Stanley....:)
Date Posted: 10/24/2010 11:11:00 AM
HAVE YOU EVER SAT ON A VOLCANO??
Date Posted: 7/30/2010 2:22:00 PM
Is It Just Me...Or is it a Computer Glitch???
Date Posted: 7/29/2010 10:32:00 AM
"HUG YOUR KID DAY"
Date Posted: 7/22/2010 10:53:00 AM
LEMONADE OUT OF LEMONS
Date Posted: 6/15/2010 6:40:00 PM

My Recent Poems

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12/23/2014 God Help Ye Weary Gentleman, Let Nothing You Dismay Iambic Pentameterfunny,holiday,humorous,hu
12/20/2014 Ode to a Blockhead Free versecar,funny,
12/14/2014 A Skylark Christmas Versebird,christmas,snow,winte
12/10/2014 Bob Cratchit Clerihewchristmas,people,
12/9/2014 The Sugar Cube House Narrativechildhood,christmas,loss,
12/8/2014 Charade Versemoon,
12/7/2014 Do You Listen Didacticencouraging,inspirational
12/5/2014 Wrapped in Love Rhymefriendship,holiday,
12/4/2014 A Christmas Snow Rhymechristmas,snow,
12/3/2014 Migration Iambic Pentameterpeople,
11/30/2014 The Ballroom Rhymeart,dance,
11/30/2014 A Broken Monoku Monokubereavement,farewell,good
11/26/2014 THE HILL Free verseangst,earth,natural disas
11/23/2014 In the Dark of the Strand Free versedark,film,history,militar
11/22/2014 November's Quilt Crystallineautumn,november,tree,
11/21/2014 Frozen in Crystalline---Number 3 Crystallineanimal,nature,snow,winter
11/20/2014 Wind Songs Rhymeearth,nature,wind,
11/13/2014 Timeless Ode animal,horse,pets,
11/12/2014 Jobs: No Pleasure in the Measure Sonnetfunny,work,
11/10/2014 Outside The Box ---For Chan Free versededication,
11/9/2014 A Bountiful Duty Cinqkuautumn,holiday,thanksgivi
11/9/2014 This Is For You Free verseencouraging,friend,friend
11/8/2014 In Negative Light Versedark,eve,nature,night,
11/5/2014 I AM Free versebio,heart,introspection,j
11/3/2014 Intangible Free versechange,childhood,conflict
10/31/2014 Dust From The Past Rhymeage,memory,people,sad,
10/30/2014 A Moment, Luminous Crystallinebeauty,flying,imagination
10/27/2014 Somewhere Beyond Verselonely,loss,lost love,lov
10/27/2014 Something Came In The Night Narrativegrowth,introspection,stre
10/26/2014 Easiest, Cream-Cheesiest Hor's D'oeuvre-iest Epulaeryufood,
10/22/2014 Portrait of Nature Free verseearth,nature,
10/21/2014 Lady Kathleen Prosebio,friend,history,people
10/20/2014 Respecting the Universe Sonnetintrospection,nature,spir
10/18/2014 Around the Corner Rhymeautumn,nature,winter,
10/17/2014 Silver Streak I do not know?travel,
10/15/2014 Lost Iambic Pentameterlost,memory,old,remember,
10/10/2014 November Dreams Sijoautumn,nature,
10/10/2014 Lynx Eyes Free versenature,storm,
10/7/2014 Reach For The Stars Acrosticlove,marriage,romance,
10/4/2014 The Raven Waits Free verseimagination,mystery,
10/3/2014 crossfire Free versehistory,holocaust,loss,re
10/2/2014 Sentinel Free verselight,night,
10/2/2014 Summer Acrosticseasons,summer,
9/25/2014 Old Wounds Iambic Pentameterfeelings,introspection,sl
9/24/2014 The Bakery and a Buttermilk Bar Free versenostalgia,teen,
9/23/2014 Vixen Of The Mist Verseimagination,sea,
9/20/2014 Out of the Badlands Free versecowboy,
9/20/2014 Heaven Scent Haikubeauty,flower,grandmother
9/19/2014 Quietude Chokanature,
9/18/2014 I'm an 8 Ottava rimanature,rain,
9/16/2014 Good Bones Narrativefamily,home,memory,nostal
9/14/2014 Taunting the Dragon Narrativelove,lust,senses,words,
9/12/2014 Cruelest Winds Ethereeautumn,introspection,life
9/10/2014 Autumn Harvest Rondeauautumn,
9/9/2014 The Gift Dramatic monologuesun,
9/8/2014 Into The Sunset Free verselost love,
9/7/2014 My Addiction Terza Rimabooks,happiness,
9/6/2014 Dying Star Lyriclost love,sad love,
9/5/2014 On Halloween Night Free versedark,holiday,horror,scary
9/5/2014 Insomnia Chastushkafunny,sleep,
9/4/2014 Golden Threads Rhymenature,seasons,
9/1/2014 Above the Mantel Ekphrasis (Ecphrasis)art,
8/29/2014 Breaking the Ice Tankalost love,sad love,
8/29/2014 The Grand Canyon Abecedariannature,places,
8/29/2014 A Day In The Shade--Zeugma Trioletfishing,happy,
8/28/2014 A Girl From Darfur Prose Poetrydeath,holocaust,horror,sa
8/27/2014 Where Frozen Embers Still Burn Free verseautumn,inspirational,intr
8/26/2014 Letter to a Hero Free verseloneliness,missing,soldie
8/25/2014 The Crossing Senryugoodbye,lost love,
8/23/2014 The Witch Next Door Rhymepeople,
8/22/2014 Quote Me Free verseinspiration,introspection
8/22/2014 Neverland Narrativechildhood,nostalgia,place
8/21/2014 Oblique Free versedream,emotions,loss,sleep
8/19/2014 Transient Iambic Pentameternight,sky,
8/18/2014 Enlightenment---The Story Teller Haikupeople,war,
8/18/2014 Drat My Footle---A Fat Kaboodle Footlefunny,vanity,
8/15/2014 View From The Top of the Trail Free versejourney,life,
8/14/2014 Taking a Risk Rhymeanimal,humorous,storm,
8/14/2014 Dramedy of Errors Proseanger,heartbroken,lost lo
8/13/2014 Student Drivers Footlecar,
8/12/2014 Teetering Free verseintrospection,life,
8/11/2014 Beyond The Sun Lyrichappiness,love,
8/7/2014 Chariots of Fire Versefantasy,
8/6/2014 Barn Owl Free versebird,nature,
8/5/2014 Skylark Dreams Versebird,children,dream,
8/5/2014 tug-a-war Haikuanimal,dog,
8/4/2014 lines of discontent Haikutravel,
7/29/2014 Unfettered Words Free verseautumn,introspection,loss
7/28/2014 Shell of a Nomad Free verseanimal,introspection,natu
7/27/2014 Under The Skylight Versepassion,
7/26/2014 Destiny's Woman Sonnetmythology,people,
7/26/2014 Kate's Place Rhymecowboy,people,
7/25/2014 an empty bottle Senryuloss,mother,
7/23/2014 Sympathic Moon --- Tritina Versebaby,mother,
7/22/2014 Strange, Not Knowing Who Terzanellefriendship,grief,inspirat
7/21/2014 Fish Fodder Limerickfunny,
7/17/2014 Scent of Childhood Rhymechildhood,
7/16/2014 A Tap on Memory's Door Verseimagery,memory,
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